John Terry: I want to stay on at Chelsea... as manager!
Published 23:01 19/07/11 By John Cross
John Terry last night revealed his burning ambition to become Chelsea boss.
Andre Villas-Boas has taken over at Stamford Bridge even though he is just 33 and Terry says it has given him hope of getting his chance as Blues manager.
The Portuguese led Porto to three trophies last season after learning his trade under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and captain Terry said: “Obviously my overall aim is to become manager.
“And looking at this [Villas-Boas’s appointment], as well as Roberto Di Matteo being brought in as coach, it’s great for current players as well.
“They are giving chances to people who have been around the club and who know the club inside out as well. So that tells the players inside the club – myself, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Petr Cech – who have all been here a long time, that if we do our coaching badges then there will be roles here in the future.
“Whether that’s with the first team or reserves, the club are encouraging that which is good.”
Terry insists that he wants Villas-Boas to be successful at Stamford Bridge and remain in charge for a long time, but concedes that Mourinho’s former protege has enjoyed an “incredible” rise.
England captain Terry says Villas-Boas has now become his inspiration and he wants to emulate his climb up the managerial ladder.
Terry added: “What Andre’s achieved is incredible. You do set yourself targets. I have got three years left on my deal and I will be 33 then, but I’m certainly envisaging Andre being in charge here for a long time.
“He fully deserves this chance. Not enough chances are given to young managers, and how do we expect them to get the experience if not given the chance?
“Thankfully our owner, Roman Abramovich, has given him this chance.”